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Sharks beat Canucks in shootout 3-2

  • San Jose Sharks goalie Antti Niemi, left, of Finland, stops Vancouver Canucks' Alexander Edler, of Sweden, during the overtime period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, British Columbia, Tuesday, March 5, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Darryl Dyck)

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — On the Canucks' team flight to Vancouver, Scott Gomez and Adam Burish were joking that one of them was due to break their goal-scoring drought.

It turns out they both did it on the same night.

Gomez and Burish notched their first goals of the season and Joe Pavelski scored the shootout winner as the San Jose Sharks held on to defeat the Vancouver Canucks 3-2 on Tuesday night.

"The win is the most important thing, but it does feel nice to score," said Gomez, who has a goal and two assists in 15 games this season. "Obviously, it was time. I know I can score. It's just you've got to shoot to score, and sometimes I have trouble with that. I'm always looking to pass."

Meanwhile, Burish scored his first goal in 45 games on a short-handed breakaway to make it 2-0 San Jose early in the second period.

"If I start going out there thinking that I've got to score, I'm doing my linemates and my teammates a disservice," Burish said. "I've got to focus on other things: I've got to be solid defensively, I've got to kill penalties, I've got to bring energy. But if you can score goals, it feels a little better, too."

Brad Stuart added two assists and Antti Niemi made 36 saves for the Sharks (11-6-4), who won their second straight game after a stretch that saw them go 2-6-4.

Henrik Sedin and Jannik Hansen scored for Vancouver, which dropped to 3-4-3 in its past 10 games after starting the season 8-2-2.

"Our record isn't as good of late, but we know we can play some better hockey," Canucks forward Mason Raymond said.

The Sharks started with seven straight victories, but their offense suddenly slowed. Heading into the game against Vancouver, they sat tied with Nashville for the fewest goals in the NHL with 47.

Although the Sharks didn't exactly overwhelm Vancouver with offense, they came on strong in the third period and took seven shots at Cory Schneider in overtime.

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